Sunday, 1 April 2018

Café Melba - Kid-Friendly Café with Hearty Food

Enjoying hearty food at the café

   Café Melba is a concept café owned and operated by Tadcaster Hospitality. Blending influences from Melbourne and the east, the flagship café is located within the compound of Goodman Arts Centre (formerly known as LaSalle College of the Arts). There is another outlet at Mediapolis with a similar concept which is equally popular with families. Café Melba at Goodman Arts Centre has a laid-back yet convivial setting, making it an oasis of relaxation away from the hustle and bustle of the city. 

Relaxing at the lawn

   With a seating capacity of 120 and an alfresco patio surrounded by lush greenery, it is an ideal place for a hearty brunch or afternoon tea on a languid afternoon. Café Melba is also a haven for kids as they can run around on the lawn or have fun in the bouncy castle.

The Bouncy Castle

Baby André Aaron having fun in the bouncy castle

   The menu is developed by Tadcaster Hospitality’s Group New Zealand-born Executive Chef, Chef Kacey Whaitiri-Roberts together with Singaporean Chef de Cuisine, Kenneth Tan. Chef Kacey has garnered a wealth of experience working alongside world-renowned chefs such as Michelin-starred Gordon Ramsay in London and Chef Emmanuel Stroobant in Singapore while Chef Kenneth has honed his skills in well-known restaurants such as Picotin and Les Amis. 

   Café Melba offers simple and delectable bistro-style food cooked with passion using the freshest ingredients. I have been to the café a few times and have also been charmed by the wholesome food and leisurely setting. I like the amicable and friendly vibe in the café. The overall atmosphere feels welcoming and the food is generally well executed with a mix of Australian, Italian, French and Asian flavours. The menu is also pretty extensive for a café and regular diners can look forward to monthly specials.

Linguine Vongole

   The Vongole (S$22++) is a winning creation, consisting of pasta tossed with clams, garlic, white wine and chilli flakes. It is a light and tasty dish infused with the briny flavours of clam and balanced with the nutty taste of garlic, sweetness of the white wine and spiciness of the chilli flakes. You can have a choice of either the spaghetti, linguine or penne.

Three Little Pigs Pizza

   For pizzas, I would recommend the Three Little Pigs (S$18++) for meat lovers desiring rich and robust flavours. With a crisp pizza base topped with generous ingredients such as tomato sauce, home-cured bacon, honey ham, pepperoni and mozzarella, it is gratifying to the very last mouthful. 

Melted Ham and Cheese Sandwich

   For a light bite, opt for the Melted Ham and Cheese Sandwich (S$22++) which consists of homemade smoked deli ham, mustard and emmental cheese sandwiched between toasted bread. I like the contrast of savoury, tangy and spicy flavours. The only setback was that the bread was slightly burnt. 

Mac & Cheese from the Kids' Menu

   The café also has a kids’ menu which has a selection of tantalising treats such as Mac & Cheese (S$16++), Junior Beef Burger with Chips (S$16++), Chicken Schnitzel and Fries (S$16++), Pan Seared Fish and Chips (S$16++), Kids Beef Bolognaise (S$16++), Kids Brekkie (S$16++) and more. My son loves the Mac & Cheese as it is creamy and delightful with the intense taste of Parmesan.

Truffle Parmesan Fries

   For sides, there are many options to choose from including Sweet Potato Fries, Truffle Fries, Mashed Potato, Herb Sautéed Mushrooms and more. The Truffle and Parmesan Fries (S$15++) hit the right notes. Deep- fried to perfection, the crispy texture and savoury taste is just so addictive. 

   It was a pity that we did not manage to try the desserts during our past few visits to the café. We will definitely be back to indulge in the tempting treats.

The interior

   Café Melba is a place to relax and unwind and get away from the city. Prices are a little steep for a café, however the generous portions and wholesome ingredients make up for it. 

The alfresco area

   The café is located at 90 Goodman Road, Goodman Arts Centre, Block N #01-56, Singapore 439053. 

   For enquiries and reservations, please call +65 64406068 or email info@cafemelba.com.sg. Alternatively, please visit their website here.

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